Torbanlea annual picnic races 2012 Fraser Coast is set to be the biggest ever.

TORBANLEA’S annual picnic races are set to become one of the biggest events of their type in Australia.

The organising committee is re-energising the event and will put up one of the country’s richest picnic race prizes.

This year’s meeting on Saturday, October 20, will feature the Torbanlea Gold Rush Cup, offering $15,000 prizemoney.

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An exclusive field of 25 horses will be invited to compete down a straight, 500-metre course.

Torbanlea Picnic Races chairman Mal Chard said the time had come for a more professional approach to what had started out as a small community picnic meeting.

“We were swamped by supporters last year and the event buckled under the pressure; we just couldn’t continue to try and do things the old ways,” Mr Chard said. “In offering big prizemoney, we are hoping we will attract quality horses from through Queensland and Northern NSW to Torbanlea.”
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Calls from owners have been received from as far afield as Mareeba in far north Queensland.

He said the successful corporate tent area has been scaled back to 400 guests with a view to doing things right and giving every guest a great experience.

“Once again, we haven’t advertised the corporate offer but already more than half the 40 available tables have been locked away,” Mr Chard said. “All we need is good weather and this event will again deliver much-needed funds to many Torbanlea and Burrum community groups.”

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Those wishing to enter a horse in the Torbanlea Gold Rush should phone John Charlton on 0428 842 197 or 4129 9004. Nominations are $20 while the final acceptance fee is $180. Torbanlea is 20 minutes from Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

Sourced from the local paper & published by Henry Sapiecha